Royal Philips Electronics and T-Systems have signed a contract in Amsterdam for global data centre and SAP infrastructure services. The service model for the contract involves cloud computing. T-Systems will provide services for Philips through a private cloud.
The outsourcing contract is part of Philips’ IT strategy to leverage utility market offerings, in an effort to cut long-term costs.
As of 1 January 2010, T-Systems will assume responsibility for the infrastructure of all of Philips’ computer centres. Among the centres are locations in the US and the Netherlands, as well as centres in Germany, in other European countries and in South America and Asia. In connection with the contract, some 185 of the company’s staff will move to T-Systems.
In future, Philips will receive all the data centre services it requires through the network and from T-Systems’ global data centres. The contract with Philips is the third, following contracts with Shell and Heineken, that T-Systems has landed in succession with global corporations based in the Netherlands.
Maarten de Vries, chief information officer (CIO) of Philips, said:This way, we can draw on resources dynamically, as necessary, while paying only for the computer and storage resources we actually use. That will enhance our flexibility and lower our costs.